An actor with a front-row seat for Awards Season 2018 is set for a career honor from Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild. Gary Oldman, who transforms into UK Prime Minister Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour, is set to receive the Distinguished Artisan Award from MUAHS aka IATSE Local 706.

Darkest Hour
Darkest Hour
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The prize, which celebrates Oldman’s prolific acting career and the disparate characters he brings to life, will be handed out February 24 during the fifth annual Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards at Novo in Los Angeles.

“Gary is known as a chameleon, an actor who changes his appearance, his voice, everything about himself from film to film,” said Susan Cabral-Ebert, President of IATSE Local 706. “He has worked with the finest artisans in the world, he collaborates with the team and probably knows more about make-up and hair than any other actor. When you consider the hundreds and hundreds of hours he has spent allowing us to transform him, we are delighted to present him with our Distinguished Artisan Award to show our appreciation.”

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Along with Churchill, among the many characters Oldman has brought to life in his 35-year career are Commissioner Gordon in the Dark Knight trilogy, Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious in the biopic Sid and Nancy, Lee Harvey Oswald in JFK, the main vampire in Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Sirius Black in a pair of Harry Potter movies and George Smiley in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.

The Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild’s Distinguished Artisan Award is given to those whose body of work in the film industry was richly enhanced by the consistent collaboration of make-up and hair styling artistry creating memorable characters throughout their career. Previous recipients include Johnny Depp, Ryan Murphy and Guillermo del Toro.